There is a giant among us
There is a giant among us. No, he’s not ten feet tall, and he probably can’t lift a house. Oh, sure, he’s muscle-bound and strong, but his true greatness lies in his dependence on God.
Counselor Marcus, an ER nurse by trade, is gifted by God to bring order to chaos. God has also blessed him with an ability to relate to kids. Those unique attributes qualify Marcus to disciple young campers at RFKC.
Determined to show his small charges a better way to live, this spiritual leader prays on all occasions– from the moment the boys step off the bus, to the time when they sadly part.
Music is also an important facet fo the little ones’ training. Christian songs keep Marcus strong throughout the week, and they guide the minds of the youngs boys in his care.
At the end of the day, Marcus tells each of his campers that he loves them and cares for them. Then he names something specific they did well that day. Lastly, but very importantly, he reminds them of who they are.
Marcus says he began to volunteer at RFKC in 2002 because he heard about the free meals and the free t-shirt. But we know better– he was called by God to be there.
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
SUMMIT is our weekend-long retreats for 16-18 year olds. The curriculum focuses on skills that will help them function better as adults. Examples include managing bank accounts, completing job applications, & mock interviews. We began this semi-annual program in 2007 with 12 teens and 16 volunteers.
RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
Our Father's Children exists to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect in Texas, ages 6-18, in camp settings, weekend retreats, and in mentoring clubs. We recruit volunteers from a variety of cities, churches and organizations who have a heart for offering these kids hope in Jesus Christ. Whether as a volunteer or donor (or both), we would love to have you join us in providing hope to these kids!